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HP Designer Matchup Challenge Week 5: The Reveal

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I am so excited to take you inside the events I attended last week as part of the HP Designer Matchup Challenge.  The video above is a beautiful compilation of the designer mashups, and reveals our new wallpaper pattern that was created in collaboration with Emily Henderson and all of you!

HP Designer Matchup Challenge participants with HP

At the Project Runway 10th Anniversary party at Lord & Taylor our group of designers and bloggers walked the red carpet.  I have to admit, it was a very cool moment!

Emily Henderson and Jeanine Hays

Me and Emily Henderson at the Lord & Taylor party.

Page Murray, VP of Integrated Marketing at HP, with Season 10 Designers

The designers from Project Runway Season 10 were at the party.  They stayed for a bit, but had to run off to get ready for the Runway show on Friday.

Nathan Paul and Bryan Mason

Bryan and I had a chance to talk to Nathan Paul of Season 10.  He is up to some fantastic work, including his recent efforts to craft new legislation to establish new sizing requirements for women’s clothing.

Jeanine Hays and Korto Momolu

I was extremely excited to meet designer Korto Momolu.  She is one of my favorite Project Runway stars!

AphroChic Fashionable Floral Wallpaper Revealed!

Our new wallpaper pattern was revealed on Thursday.  We worked in collaboration with designer Emily Henderson to develop some beautiful colorways, updating an archival AphroChic print created by Samantha Hahn.  And yes, I know some of you are already wondering, this paper will be for sale later this year!

HP Designer Matchup Challenge participants

The entire group of designers and bloggers presenting the unique creations that were developed using the HP Touchsmart PC.  It’s amazing what you can do with technology.

Models at the Project Runway Show

On Friday morning we all went to the Project Runway finale fashion show.  It was pretty amazing to see the work of the designers up close and personal, and to be in the same room as Heidi, Tim, Michael, and Nina.  Eight designers presented so the audience didn’t know who the final three were.

Michael Kors and Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum was absolutely radiant in beautiful golden gown.  Here she is seated next to the fabulous Michael Kors.

Nina Garcia

Nina Garcia was seated next to the surprise guest judge, Jennifer Hudson!

Jennifer Hudson at Project Runway Show

I have to admit I geeked out when Jennifer came out.  She is gorgeous, graceful, and I love her work as both an actress and singer.

Debra Messing at Project Runway Show

Debra Messing was also in the crowd.  I just love her in Smash!

Designers and Bloggers at the Project Runway Show

I had such a wonderful time getting to know the other amazing designers and bloggers who participated in the HP Designer Matchup Challenge.  What a fabulous week!

You can see more images from my week on the AphroChic Facebook page and on the AphroChic Instagram page.  Enjoy!

For a recap of this challenge, in partnership with Design Milk, Project Runway sponsor HP is presenting the HP Designer Matchup Challenge. Inspired by the 10th season of Project Runway, the challenge brought together five bloggers and the designers of their choice to collaborate on developing a special product. The most exciting part, we needed your help to create a product that was revealed during New York Fashion Week. This post is sponsored by HP. For my participation I have received an HP Touchsmart, and was sent to New York for fashion week events and the season finale of Project Runway.

{Images taken by Jeanine Hays for AphroChic; Video, Lord & Taylor, and product reveal images furnished by HP}

HP Designer Matchup Challenge: Week 3!

AphroChic Floral Pattern_Designed by Samantha Hahn_Project Runway Inspired Wallpaper Pattern
The brand new Fashionable Floral wallpaper pattern!

Today is a very exciting day!  It’s the third week of the HP Designer Matchup Challenge sponsored by HP and Design Milk to celebrate the 10th season of Project Runway, and I am so happy to reveal to you the pattern that will be presented next week at New York Fashion Week!!!

Ven Budhu Dress 1_Project Runway
A floral-inspired design by Project Runway contestant Ven Budhu was inspiration for the design’s color palette.

With your help we were able to create a beautiful Fashionable Floral wallpaper design that is fresh and on-trend.  Inspired by the work of Ven Budhu and Kooan Kosuke you were asked to vote on your favorite pattern – Fashionable Florals, Pattern Gone Wild, and Crazy Eighties.  The floral design got your vote!

citron and teal
Stay tuned to see how we incorporate this palette into the design.

You were also asked to vote on your favorite color palette, and citron and teal was the winner.  With the help of HGTV personality and interior designer Emily Henderson, Emily and I were able to update an archival pattern created by Samantha Hahn for AphroChic with a modern color palette that Emily felt would be perfect for the types of gorgeous rooms that she designs (the new palette will be revealed next week).

AphroChic Floral Pattern_designed by Samantha Hahn
Samantha Hahn’s original design that we turned into a wallpaper pattern using the HP Touchsmart PC.

The pattern was turned into a wallpaper print using the HP Touchsmart PC and Adobe Photoshop CS6.  The Touchsmart technology helped us take a single image, and turn it into a beautiful repeat that will make this pattern the perfect statement piece for any wall.

HP Design Matchup Challenge Logo

Emily and I are having fun this week picking out the substrate for the wallpaper.  We’ve been looking at some innovative papers, including some eco-friendly wallpapers that the design can be printed on.  I can’t wait for you to see the final colorway and design of this wallpaper pattern next week.  The image above is just a small taste of what’s to come!

For a recap of the challenge, in partnership with Design Milk, Project Runway sponsor HP is presenting the HP Designer Matchup Challenge. Inspired by the 10th season of Project Runway, the challenge brings together five bloggers and the designers of their choice to collaborate on developing a special product. The most exciting part, we need your help to create a product that will be revealed during New York Fashion Week. This post is sponsored by HP. For my participation I have received an HP Touchsmart, and will be sent to New York for fashion week events and the season finale of Project Runway.

HP Designer Matchup Challenge: The Winning Design!

Emily Henderson_HP Designer Matchup Challenge

I’m thrilled to bring you the second week of the HP Designer Matchup Challenge, and to announce the winning design – Fashionable Florals!  Forty-eight percent of you voted for the modern floral design presented in a gorgeous dress by Ven Budhu of Project Runway.  Interior designer Emily Henderson of Secrets From A Stylist and I are thrilled about the winning design, and this week we’ve been working on developing a color palette for our wallpaper collaboration.  We’ve been having fun with the HP Touchsmart PC (you can see Emily using hers above), and playing with Adobe Photoshop CS6 to work on color palette designs for the wallpaper project.

As we are both visual people, we decided to start with some moodboards to finalize the color scheme.  Emily selected a few of her favorite floral patterns with bright and bold shades to serve as inspiration.  Now we need YOUR input to decide on the final palette. Here are the colorful choices:

Hot Pink and Emerald Green (Check out Emily’s post on how beautifully these shades work together.)
hot pink and emerald green

Tangerine and Poppy
tangerine and poppy

Citron and Teal
citron and teal

The winning palette will be used in our wallpaper design.  And remember, the design will be presented to celebrate the 10th Season of Project Runway during New York Fashion Week!


Which color palette should we use in our Fashionable Floral design?

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Submit your vote by Friday, August 24th at 11:59pm ET, and check back next week to get a peek at the final design. You can also follow our journey on Twitter @aphrochic and @em_henderson.

HP Design Matchup Challenge Logo

For a recap of the challenge, in partnership with Design Milk, Project Runway sponsor HP is presenting the HP Designer Matchup Challenge. Inspired by the 10th season of Project Runway, the challenge brings together five bloggers and the designers of their choice to collaborate on developing a special product. The most exciting part, we need your help to create a product that will be revealed during New York Fashion Week. This post is sponsored by HP. For my participation I have received an HP Touchsmart, and will be sent to New York for fashion week events and the season finale of Project Runway.

Announcing the HP Designer Matchup Challenge, Starring: Jeanine Hays, Emily Henderson and You!

What happens when HP, AphroChic, Emily Henderson and YOU team up?  Well, you can bet it will be something incredible!  In partnership with Design Milk, Project Runway sponsor HP is presenting the HP Designer Matchup Challenge.  Inspired by the 10th season of Project Runway, the challenge will bring together five bloggers and the designers of their choice to collaborate on developing a special product.  The most exciting part, we will need your help to create a product that will be revealed during New York Fashion Week!!!!  Yup, I told you it would be incredible.

Emily Henderson headshot copy
 
I am lucky enough to be working on this challenge with my favorite designer, Emily Henderson of HGTV Design Star fame!  I’m sure you have all seen Emily’s work on her show, Secrets From A Stylist.  An exceptional interior designer, Emily has a talent for using color, pattern, and her expert styling abilities to create fashionable, modern spaces.  Over the next few weeks the two of us will be working together to develop an original wallpaper design, perfect for the types of interiors that Emily is famous for.  And in September we will come together to unveil our design and attend the Project Runway finale runway show!!!  I am already working on my wardrobe for that event. 


So are you ready to get started?  Emily and I will be sketching our wallpaper pattern using the HP TouchSmart PC loaded with Adobe PhotoShop CS6 (yes, the same one they use on Project Runway!  So exciting!), and we need your help.  We’ve narrowed down our ideas, but the final decision is up to you:

Crazy Eighties
Kooan Kosuke Outfit 1_Project Runway
Emily is inspired by the saturated hues and neon shades of Kooan Kosuke’s for a wallpaper design that pops!

Pattern Gone Wild
Kooan Kosuke Outfit 2_Project Runway
Another piece by Kooan, Emily is a fan of his mix of bold geometric shapes.  A pattern like this could be the perfect basis for a design.

Fashionable Florals
Ven Budhu Dress 2_Project Runway
I love the work of Ven Budhu, and his floral-inspired pieces.  It would be fun to develop a wallpaper pattern with an updated version of classic blooms.

Which Project Runway design should we use to inspire our wallpaper?

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Submit your vote by Friday, August 17th at 11:59pm ET, and check back on Monday to see what Emily and I have come up with.  You can also follow our journey on Twitter @aphrochic and @em_henderson.

This post is sponsored by HP.